Beyond The Estuary

Beyond The Estuary

John Bartlett spent nine years as a Catholic priest in the southern Philippines, during the years of the Marcos Martial Law of the 1970s. This experience has infused his passion for writing about issues relating to human rights and community development. Human beings with all their frailties and quirkiness continue to inspire his stories and novels.

His debut novel, Towards a Distant Sea, released by Indra Publishing in October 2005 drew heavily on his experiences with the rural poor in the Philippines as well as his own journey as a gay man within and finally away from the Catholic Church.

“Towards a Distant Sea is a study of alienation and fragmentation which doubles as a coming of age novel. Bartlett’s writing is spare and direct, which serves to heighten the surreal nature of the events he describes. Funny, sad and horrifying by turns, this is a fine novel from another great local writer.” (Ron Hughes, Blaze Media)

For the past eight years his features and profiles have been published in The Age, The Canberra Times, The Australian, Good Weekend, The Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue and Eureka Street. The January 2007 Meanjin published his essay ‘Yahweh and Eros’ on religion and sexuality.

John teaches Professional Writing at Deakin University and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor, numbering among his clients Deakin University and The City of Greater Geelong.

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Nicola Schultz

Nicola Schultz

Music takes me to another place, always has. I enjoy songwriting, singing, playing guitar, and recording. I grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches where my love of music and photography developed during the endless summer of my youth. My musical career kicked off in the early 90’s when Ben Aylward, David Lord and I began performing and recording as Swirl. We had some success and I had seven wonderful years in Swirl.

 

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Anja

Anja

Anja Nissen is a young Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress from the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, Australia. Anja’s love of music was encouraged by her Danish immigrant parents who have supported Anja in following her dreams, from junior talent quests through to concert stages. Anja is a unique young vocalist, whose incredible voice and girl next-door persona see her touch people with that intangible and rare “X factor”. She began charming audiences when she was just 6 years old!

 

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The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse

The dream became reality in 2002, when a passionate baker, dedicated to his craft opened for business in Blackheath. Shelves stocked with a display of hand moulded sourdough loaves and the scent of freshly baked bread filling the streets, enticed the senses of passers by. Sweet, tempting cakes, irresistible treats and mouth watering gourmet pies were created to complete the bakeries range. The journey has continued and the dream has expanded to 3 retail outlets!

 

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